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Status Inactive
Location(s) New Jersey/New York
Country United States
Inaugurated 2000
Most recent 2003
Attendance 600 in 2003
Organized by Shoujo Arts Society

Shoujocon was an American fan convention for anime and manga which focused on the shōjo (girls') subgenre. Founded in 2000 by women identified as "Nora" and "Katchan",[1] and initially financed through eBay sales of fan-donated merchandise,[2] Shoujocon quickly grew from 456 attendees[3] to a peak of 1,252.[4] In addition to its unique audience, Shoujocon attempted many other organizational and programmatic innovations during its time, such as an international staff which held meetings entirely online,[1] support for doujinshi artists and writers, and cultural workshops.[5]

In 2002, Nora and Katchan stepped down, turning leadership over to the newly formed Shoujo Arts Society (SAS), a non-profit organization incorporated to manage Shoujocon and promote the shōjo subgenre via other events.[6] For the 2003 convention, Shoujocon moved to Rye, New York, where difficulties with the hotel and the change of location triggered a severe drop in attendance[7] and poor reviews of the convention.[8] The 2004 convention was first postponed,[9] then canceled altogether.[10]

Working with the organizers of Yuricon, the Shoujo Arts Society later announced a joint event called Onna! which was held in October 2005.[11]


Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
July 15–16, 2000 Newark Gateway Hilton
Newark, New Jersey
July 14–15, 2001 East Brunswick Hilton
East Brunswick, New Jersey
1,252[4] Katsumi Kurata, Ryo Hitaka
July 19–21, 2002 East Brunswick Hilton
East Brunswick, New Jersey
1,229 Mandy Bonhomme, Friends of Lulu, Azusa Kurokawa, Jamie McGonnigal, Liam O'Brien, and Umbrella Studios.[12]
August 22–24, 2003 Rye Town Hilton
Rye Brook, New York
600 Katie Bair, Kelli Shayne Butler, Tiffany Grant, and Jamie McGonnigal.[7]


  1. ^ a b Nora (1999-07-11). "Shoujocon! Call for participants!". Newsgrouprec.arts.anime.misc. Usenet: Retrieved 2007-03-06. 
  2. ^ Nora (1999-08-05). "Shoujocon Auctions!". Newsgrouprec.arts.manga. Usenet: Retrieved 2007-03-06. 
  3. ^ a b "Shoujocon 2000 Information". Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  4. ^ a b "Shoujocon 2001 Information". Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  5. ^ Tracy Podgorski (2001-05-02). "Shoujocon Welcomes AZZURRI!". Newsgrouprec.arts.anime.fandom. Usenet: WiKH6.14125$ Retrieved 2007-03-06. 
  6. ^ L. Cintron (2002-07-02). "Hot Dogs? Hamburgers? Is It July? Then It Must Be...". Retrieved 2007-03-06. 
  7. ^ a b "Shoujocon 2003 Information". Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  8. ^ Lisa Z. "Shoujocon 2003". Anipike Magazine. Retrieved 2007-03-06. 
  9. ^ Delahanty, Patrick (2004-03-08). "Shoujocon postponed until 2005". Retrieved 2007-03-06. 
  10. ^ Delahanty, Patrick (2004-08-08). "Shoujocon 2005 is cancelled". Retrieved 2007-03-06. 
  11. ^ "Shoujo Arts Society and Yurikon announce Onna! convention" (Press release). 2005-01-18. Retrieved 2007-01-03. 
  12. ^ "Shoujocon 2002 Information". Retrieved 2008-05-19.